This article discusses domestic violence and abuse
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (lucky you), you’d know that Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is an upcoming film series in the Harry Potter universe. We all know how much JK Rowling loves to beat a dead horse, so of course there is going to be at least a trilogy of these films.
As a child of the 2000s, I grew up loving Harry Potter. I’ve read all the books, seen all the films and I even went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I’m also someone who firmly believes that when you grow up, you’re allowed to move on from obsessions. We have all been obsessed with things we no longer even care about. That’s life. That’s why I wasn’t so excited about the Fantastic Beasts films. They seem like such overkill to me – plus that original book was like 4 pages long.
But that’s not the main reason I’m not excited for this trilogy. Yesterday it was announced that Johnny Depp was joining the cast of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them in future films. Johnny Depp had a restraining order against him in May from his former wife, Amber Heard and was violent and abusive towards her during their marriage. They are now in the process of a divorce.
This casting further proves the double standard in Hollywood and the world in general. Men proven to be abusers still get the opportunities they always had and barely get punished.
It’s easy for some people to separate art from the artist but for survivors of domestic abuse and people who know people who have been through these things, it’s simply not possible. Especially when Hollywood studios continue to cast these people, fund their projects and ignore their behaviour.
In Australia, just under half a million Australian women reported that they had experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months and more than a million women had experienced physical or sexual assault by their male current or ex-partner since the age of 15. (Domestic Violence Prevention Centre). It’s so much more common than you think.
The double standard is evident when men get away with serious abuse and women get almost blacklisted for much less significant crimes. Famous men are put on pedestals and become untouchable rather than being held accountable. Here’s a small list of male celebrities with violent pasts
winona ryder's career was ruined for yrs just for shoplifting but johnny depp can be abusive & immediately get cast in a big film franchise
— watch san junipero (@opaIlynch) November 2, 2016
Depp’s abuse scandal was made public and he almost immediately gained a role in a multi-million dollar film franchise. Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction at a Superbowl show and her career took almost a decade to recover. The same goes for Britney Spears after her public meltdown in 2007. These women have worked tirelessly to rebuild their reputations in a way Johnny Depp probably won’t ever have to.
There are hundreds of talented young men who haven’t abused their partners who could take Depp’s role in Fantastic Beasts. Hopefully the outcry from fans online will sway Warner Bros to change their casting decisions and take a stand, but I’m not hopeful. I know Hollywood has been rewarding men like this for years and years.
The victims of abuse deserve better than being reminded of abusers when they engage with media.
another bad thing about johnny depp is how hes forcing us to call a grown ass man "johnny". your names john asshole
— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) November 2, 2016
If you or someone you care about is experiencing family violence, please call the 1800 respect this is a national 24/7 help line. You might also like to visit their website https://www.1800respect.org.au